F2 driver Juan Manuel Correa removed from induced coma nearly three weeks after he was injured in horror crash that killed Anthoine Hubert
- Formula Two driver Juan Manuel Correa has been removed from induced coma
- Correa was injured in the crash that killed French racer Anthoine Hubert
- The 20-year-old faces surgery in order to minimise risk of irreversible injuries
Formula Two driver Juan Manuel Correa has been removed from an induced coma after he was injured in the horror crash that killed French racer Anthoine Hubert.
As a result of the accident on August 31, which occurred in Spa, Belgium, Correa suffered a spinal injury and fractured his legs.
The 20-year-old now faces major surgery in order to minimise risk of irreversible injuries to his right lower extremity, which refers to the part of the body between the hips and the toes.
Formula Two driver Juan Manuel Correa has been removed from an induced coma in hospital
Correa suffered a spinal injury and fractured his legs as a result of the accident in Belgium
Correa's family issued a statement in which they said that a major step had been taken in the right direction.
However, they stressed that doctors are in 'a race against time'.
As reported by Sky Sports, the statement read: 'The medical priority for Juan Manuel now shifts from the lungs to the leg injuries that were sustained more than two weeks ago and have not been addressed since the initial emergency intervention (on) the day of the incident.
F2 driver Anthoine Hubert has passed away aged 22 after a horror crash during the Belgian GP
Correa is in a stable condition in hospital and is being treated at the CHU Liège hospital
'Doctors are in a race against time to perform a pending major surgery in order to minimise risk of irreversible injuries to his right lower extremity but can't proceed until the lungs are ready to withstand a lengthy operation.'
Hubert's car was hit at high speed by Correa's. The incident occurred after Hubert crashed into the barriers and then returned to the track at the Raidillon Corner.
On September 3, Correa was transferred from Belgium to a specialised intensive care unit in London.
Correa is conscious but not yet awake and has been removed from extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support (ECMO). His condition has now been changed from critical to serious.
The statement continued: 'Doctors report that this will take a few days due to being in induced coma for more than two weeks,' they added. 'They have also stated that Juan Manuel is fragile and still vulnerable medically speaking and that he remains in the Intensive Care Unit.'
Correa has been racing with the Sauber junior team this season and achieved second place finishes in France and Baku.
The crash happened at the Eau Rouge section of the course of the second lap after Hubert's car hit into a barrier and rolled backwards into the centre of the track before a rival hit him
Track marshals lift the damaged car of BWT Arden's French driver Hubert onto a truck following a serious accident involving several drivers during a Formula 2 race